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Turning 21 June 13th I'll be at my local gun store to buy a XD but cannot choose between the .40S&W or the .45GAP in a 4'' service model. I've read the pros and cons on the GAP just affraid it will loose popularity and be hard to find. I'll be using the XD for Personal Protetion

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Well, the .40 has more ammo choices, as well as cheaper options... If any of those are concerns, I'd get the XD 40
 

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I'd reccomemnd the 40 also. I have two Tacticals and lots of rounds through both with NO malfunctions. Upgraded one to adjustable fiber optic sights Don's rod w 22# spring. Good luck wioth either choice
 

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I think I would get the .45. No shortage of bullets for it, and it is a more powerful self defense round.

I own the 9mm, so for me, the .45 GAP is my preffered choice. I want a .40 too.. but if I can have only one more XD.. I would lean towards the .45

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Eventually you're going to realize that the 9mm is just as good as anything else and cheaper to shoot. So save yourself years of heartache and get the nine.
 

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Eventually you're going to realize that the 9mm is just as good as anything else and cheaper to shoot. So save yourself years of heartache and get the nine.
+1 The XD-9 service is underappreciated here but is is a fine gun, easy to shoot and costs less to shoot (I wonder how many guys here go through 700+ rounds/range session like I do). It seems a lot of the others here are overcompensating for some personal short comings (just kidding). :)
 

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Even with 9mm ammo from Wal-Mart it breaks down to about $1.00 for every 10 round mag you empty. Difficult to think of it in terms of throwing a dime into the dirt for every shot, but that is what it is :shock:

I know, I am a shooter too and the joy of shooting outweighs the cost, but most of us have to be thrifty. :p
 

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My next purchase is a 45 GAP, I've never shot one but have heard reports that its a sweet shooter with less "snap" than the 40. The 40 is a high pressure round (33,000 psi) the 45 GAP is a lower pressure round Plus a stonger case (22,000psi). It is very accurate, and the small pistol primers (don't have to change between 9mm to 45 anymore!), strengthened cases and abundant bullet selections make it appealing to reloaders. A local reloading supply shop by my house sells lead .45 bullets for $36 per 1000, small primers are less than $20 per 1000, and powder is $20 per lb. which should be enough to load more than 1000 45 GAP ( I think a standard load of WS231 is less than 5gr. I can load 1000 rounds of 45 for around $80 if I can scrounge up enough free brass.
 

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The GAP will lose popularity, and be hard to find, if people don't buy it and use it. Are you in a position to spend the money to help keep it popular and active?

Personally I like the 45GAP. It's fun to shoot, and I have no problem controlling it.

I have a 1911 ACP that I keep in my bedroom for home defense. I bought it because I like history, and historical Items. Therefore I would never mod. it, or make it a "race gun". If I wanted to do that, I would probably go with an XD GAP or 9. (Punch, vs. Controllability).

I like the.40sw. Though I've always felt that from the beginning, it was a compromise round. Cheaper to shoot than GAP or 357Sig, without the larger diameter, or super penetration.

My XD is in 357Sig. I bought it as a car/travel weapon. If I'm not in my home, and if for some God forsaken reason I would ever have to "have it out" while "out and about", I want something more offensive. The 357Sig was chosen by the Secret Service and the Texas DPS because of its' ability to punch through barriers and still smack what it finds behind it.

The GAP is a great self-defense round, and I enjoy shooting it. The real question, I feel for you, is are you comfortable enough with the .40sw to trust your life to it. Or, do you feel the GAP is enough "better" to warrant the extra cost.
 

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Go for the 40. I doubt the 45GAP will be all that popular and later on and wil go the way of the 41 mag and 10mm, if you decide you want a 1911, you might find the possiblilty of mixing ammo by mistake a problem.

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My next acqusition will be a .41 magnum in stainless steel, Hogue grips and ............oh nevermind. Just found out that Wolf doesn't make .41 mag ammo :x

I may have to go to the H&R .32 magnum or 9mm Largo :mrgreen:
 
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